Russia can blame US if they decide to provide Ukraine with lethal defensive weapons, the failure of peace agreements to resolve the situation in the Donbas. About this in an interview with “Today” said an analyst at the Institute of world politics Nicholas Beleskov.
Moreover, according to him, the alleged peace initiative of Vladimir Putin on peacekeepers in Donbas (Russia agree to allow blue helmets, but not on the border – Ed.) can be aimed to undermine the provision of Ukraine lethal defensive weapons.
“If you remember, when late July came news that the Americans have a plan (prepared by the Pentagon and the state Department) on lethal weapons for Ukraine, followed by an interesting statement Peskov. He called the illogical actions of a state which is intermediary in solving the conflict (in Donbas – Ed.) on granting Ukraine lethal weapons, which, according to the Russians, undermining the peaceful settlement of the conflict based on the agreements that are. Is this their initiative (for peacekeepers in the Donbas – Ed.) Putin is not a fact that gave additional arguments to the opponents in the American government (granting Ukraine weapons – Ed.). Or supporters who can say, let’s give some time, let’s see what will be Putin’s initiative”, – said Mykola Beleskov.
“Today” has reported that the issue of granting Ukraine lethal defensive weapons is being actively discussed in the state Department and the Pentagon. But not yet submitted for consideration of the national security Council, which must accept or reject the initiative. Meeting of the NSC, which had occurred in recent time, more concerned Afghanistan and Iran. About Ukraine news wasn’t. It is likely that the SNB Rapporteur on this issue will be Fiona hill, Director for Europe and Russia at the NSC. And she, according to Nicholas Belenkova, is opposed to granting Ukraine lethal weapons, and can say, well, sorry, as we do, if there is the initiative of Putin, let’s give her a chance – in the words of John Lennon: “Give peace a chance”.
“In addition, there is news that the same counterbattery radars, electronic warfare systems, the Russians withdraw from the Donbas. However, it is unknown, it is a planned rotation, or a strategic step. And they can say is you are disrupting (peace initiative – Ed.) and we are good. In this context we need to consider the initiative of Putin. And even if the issue of granting Ukraine lethal defensive weapons carried on the NSS and began to discuss, there is a high probability that under the influence of Putin’s initiatives, the balance will change not in favor of Ukraine. Not to mention the fact that the main issue that you need to talk – providing Ukraine with hundreds of launchers and several hundred missiles for them the maximum that I can, to stop this provocation. In the best case scenario. This does not mean that Russia will begin to withdraw its troops…”, – concluded the analyst of the Institute of world politics.
Recall Vice Prime Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic integration of Ukraine Ivanna klympush-Tsintsadze in an interview with “Voice of America” said that Ukraine is on the verge from getting lethal weapons from the United States.